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Coordinators: Mrs A Cutler (KS5); Mr C Kelly (KS4)

Curriculum Ambition

  • Develop a love of creativity and exploration and presentation
  • Develop social and interpersonal skills, enterprise and initiative and self esteem
  • Access opportunities to create and participate in theatrical and dramatic experiences
  • Regularly revisit and build on their prior learning
  • Develop a deep level of understanding which will enable them to question topics and issues in their own and in other’s lives
  • Appreciate the importance of creativity, presentation and team-working in all aspects of everyday life and apply this to all they do
  • Explore the real world in terms of issues, topical events, historical and cultural identities encouraging an interest in current events
  • To develop the confidence to make presentation to an audience and be publicly accountable for their work
  • To value culture and creativity
  • To accept constructive criticism and feedback
  • To be unafraid to experiment and learn to see failure as a passage to learning
  • Develop social, drama, cognitive skills and emotional intelligence
  • Develop their understanding of theatrical terminology and use creative skill to create questioning, moving and enriching experiences for themselves and others
  • Evaluate the risks involved with investigating themes topics and issues and be able to tackle these with sensitivity and empathy
  • Identify style, form, structural techniques and conventions, understand artistic intention and be able to adapt and apply techniques and conventions to their own work
  • Gain an appreciation for careers in the creative industries and appreciate the importance of the arts and the study of this into further education
  • To develop the transferable skills required by every sector and industry
  • Consider the wider ethical implications of some artistic works and practitioners studied and promote the moral and social responsibility of drama theatre and art to allow students to make judgements, whilst being respectful of the opinions of others.
  • Understand the way Drama underpins and links to other subjects such as Science, Product Design, History, Sociology, English and PE.

Welcome to the Drama department here at Poynton High School! We thrive as an exciting, highly creative and enjoyable subject within the School. The outstanding level of achievement accomplished by our students is the result of inspirational teaching and the wide range of opportunities made available to them. Extensive extracurricular activities help to support our students in the classroom and enrich their learning and life-experience, improving discipline, creativity and self-motivation. This empowers them and helps to develop confidence.

The department is staffed by highly creative and enthusiastic specialists. At the core of our teaching there is a strong emphasis on building strong, positive working relationships with the students. We are passionate about the subject we teach and take great pride in our work. The students are assisted in developing skills in performance, communication, presentation, technical aspects, direction, design and analysis. We aim to encourage students to fulfil their potential by working hard in lessons and rehearsals, leading to student autonomy and responsibility.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

At Key Stage 3, there is always a strong emphasis on working as part of a group, developing team-working and communication skills.  We develop the use of a range of learning and thinking skills and encourage a friendly, supportive, hard-working and fun environment. The curriculum also emphasises the essential skills needed for self-expression and confidence in public presentation.

All students study Drama in Years 7-9 and our students experience a range of drama skills and explore a variety of topics.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

At GCSE, we follow the Eduqas specification. Students are encouraged to be physically active, creative, imaginative and express their own opinion. The Drama GCSE course combines practical work with theory to enable students to fully understand the subject. The vast majority of lessons are practical workshops teaching students skills such as; performing, devising, improvisation, interpretation of texts, exploration of topics and the technical knowledge required in order to transform play texts and their own work into pieces of performance. Students get the opportunity to work with a range of professional practitioners and go on theatre visits.

The course is structured as below:

Component 1: Devising Theatre

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. They will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by Eduqas.
Learners must produce:
• a realisation of their piece of devised theatre
• a portfolio of supporting evidence
• an evaluation of the final performance or design.

Component 2: Performing from a Text

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. They will study two extracts from a published script chosen by the centre. They will then participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts. 26

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre

Set Text and Live Theatre analysis/ evaluation
Learners will complete a written examination in two parts based on their practical exploration of the set text and also on a theatre trip (or online theatre production)
                Section A: A series of questions on a set text :
Dennis Kelly’s DNA: (schools edition)

“Amongst the darkness of an unnamed wood, a lawless gang are trying to bury a dark secret. The group need someone to take charge, but who can they trust? Who do they follow? While lies spiral and tension mounts, everyday adolescence twists and turns into an anarchic game of survival.”

                Section B: Theatre analysis
                One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

At A level, we follow the Eduqas specification. This course is taught through experiential and practical lessons. These often take the form of workshops where students use their own time to reflect upon their learning. There is a large emphasis on group work and students committing to rehearsals in their own time outside of lessons. Theatre visits are regularly organised and students are encouraged to attend as much live performance work as possible to support their studies. Students have opportunities to work with a range of professional practitioners; exploring, staging and performing extracts from the set texts being studied. They also are exposed to an ambitious range of work from new practitioners. This practical approach forms a strong basis for the continued class work. All of our Performance Examinations take place in the evening which allows students to share their achievements with friends and family.


The Drama Department
Co-Ordinator of Drama at Key Stage 5 Mrs A Cutler
Co-Ordinator of Drama at Key Stage 4 Mr C Kelly

Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811